James McNaught RSW RGI
A Quiet Rehearsal
Size without frame: 11x11 in
Collection Billy and Pamela Connolly.
Born 1948, Glasgow painter of buildings and street scenes as well as mysterious figures. Studied Glasgow School of Art. He won the Royal Scottish Academy painting award in 1970. Warden of Glasgow School of Art hostel at Culzean Castle 1972-3 and resident tutor and warden in Glasgow 1973-4. Assistant Principal Teacher at St. Mungo’s Academy from 1976 until 2007. Although his style changed after 1974, his work is highly characteristic. Fat ladies are portrayed in various guises often with erotic undertones and considerable humour. Influences of Picasso, Paul Klee, Lucien Freud, Juan Gris and John Byrne are apparent. In addition to his popularity in Scotland, he has become widely known in Germany where his first one-man show was held in 1983, four years after his first solo show in Amsterdam. In 2010, he won the Sir William Gillies Award from the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Began exhibiting at the Glasgow Institute in 1964 when only 16 years old, also at the RSA. Many of his paintings have been chosen to illustrate books and reproduced as posters.